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In Between – Book Review

Rachel has always wanted one thing, true love. She has dreamed about her perfect wedding since she was little and it seems she will finally get it with her fiancé Ethan. However when Rachel meets Tom, an elegant, smart conceited lawyer, everything she believes and feels is called into question. This is a captivating story about the power of distance, lack of time spent between couples, and confusion that put Rachel In Between the two men. Caught in the web of the consequences of their decisions, life’s twists and turns, and the effects of karma on each of the characters. This book will make you question the reason why we do things, and will push you to side with characters as you live through their choices. In Between emphasizes the importance of bonds, true love and the power of forgiveness, and how these can turn the worst of situations into valuable life lessons of love and hope.

Print Length: 234 pages
Available – paperback, Kindle, Kindle unlimited.

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Hey welcome back to a long time coming book review, oops.  It has been a while and I have been trying to read this book since April (OMG).

I was sent this paperback ARC copy for an honest review by the author.  And honest is what you’re going to get.

The book is based on a love triangle between the main character Rachel and two men in her life Ethan, and Tom.

Rachel has always been with Ethan, he is her first love and they’re engaged.  Rachel starts off feeling her relationship has reached an end, Ethan is constantly away at conferences whilst she is left at home, in a small job and no advance in their future.

Rachel then meets Tom, a new Lawyer.  Sparks ignite and these two hit it off.  Rachel finds herself falling for this new man, they have so much in common, and start spending more time together, slowly over 6 months she begins to fall in love.
However at the same time Ethan suddenly becomes more attentive, proposes to Rachel again and sets a date for their wedding,  now she is stuck, she loves them both.

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Overall I began to dislike Rachel, her feelings and actions became too complex.  She had two hard working men love her, Tom knew about Ethan but still pursued her over 6 months, where as poor Ethan was working hard, supporting Rachel through some hard times in her life, and he was none the wiser about what she was doing behind his back.  She was off enjoying weekends away with Tom while Ethan was at conferences.

I found myself getting increasingly frustrated,  I even turned to my other half and told him what was happening in the book and that Rachel needs to choose a man already.  Most women would love to be with either one of these men, and she can’t choose so decides to have them both – NO THAT IS NOT FAIR.
This made it hard to carry on reading because I was getting so annoyed with Rachel, on the other hand my other half pointed out that I must like the story to get so frustrated …… He is right (don’t tell him that though hehe).

Finally Rachel makes a decision at the end, but not before everything goes wrong, and her world is turned upside down.
I did feel the end was very rushed and some parts could have been left out.
Overall the book was a good light read,  I would recommend if you like light hearted romance books.  Unfortunately it didn’t keep me glued to the pages like I would like therefor I would only rate this book a 3/5.

 

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Reviews from others:

I struggled with the story a little on this one, it was hard to connect with Rachel as her logic and motivations just seemed so strange and confusing to me. I honestly didn’t get what she saw in Tom, he just seemed to be somewhat of a jerk in this whole situation. I adored Ethan though, his character just seemed to get better and better.  – (Alicia Stubbs – Amazon)

The plot twists in the narrative are well done and genuinely surprisingly. I never expected the novel to go the way it did, which was refreshing. It wasn’t just a typical love triangle that appears far too frequently in storytelling and I liked how Fernández did something different. – (Louise – Amazon).

Rachel has a fiance and has a wonderful life. She has pretty much everything a woman in a romance novel could ever want, until a new coworker appears and shakes up her world. – (Isaiah – Goodreads).

From the very beginning of this novel, I found myself thinking, is this book actually going to go anywhere? The book’s synopsis seemed to rest heavily on the relationship between the protagonist, her fiancé, and her lover. This is obvious, given the book’s premise, but when I agreed to review it I was kind of hoping that it would be about something a little more profound than just an ordinary, mundane, love triangle. – (Amy Buckle – Goodreads).

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Defiant Attraction: Book review

35888183Dan might be the enemy of my enemy, but I’m not sure that makes him my friend. He’s definitely not my ‘step brother’, no matter what everyone at school says. Honestly, I don’t know what he’s supposed to be to me. Or what he’s becoming…

Fact: for every action, there is an equal and opposite reaction.

In the yearbook, I’ll be Sophia Ramos: Valedictorian. Years of honor roll certificates, AP classes, and lugging around an obnoxiously large cello case are about to finally pay off. If everything goes according to plan, I’ll escape these decaying suburbs for a top university across the country.

The problem? A few years ago, my mom met someone just as broke, just as drunk, and just as impulsive as she is. Approximately five seconds into their relationship, they decided it would be an excellent idea for him—and his son, Dan—to move in with us. (Spoiler alert: it wasn’t).

Now I share a house with none other than Daniel Cole. Even though Dan dropped out two years ago, he’s still the tattooed, bad boy, heartthrob, legend of St. Anthony’s Academy. He and I aren’t supposed to have anything in common.

Living together means war. First, Dan and I were at war with each other. Now, our rivalry is giving way to an unlikely alliance—two opposing sides teaming up against a common enemy: our respective parents.

Which is to say, we’ve been hanging out.

Question: What happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object?

Here’s the thing: My brain is a complex organ. One hundred billion neurons, each with an average of seven thousand synaptic connections to other neurons. My brain is my ticket out of here.

My heart, by contrast, is a pump. It moves blood around.

know Dan is off-limits. I know I shouldn’t do something I’ll regret. And I know how much is at stake (my family, my future).

So why can’t I stop thinking about him? Those inscrutable jade eyes. The smile that can say a thousand different things at once. That tattoo curving across his abs…

Even though I know better, I feel that pounding in my chest. And it’s getting harder to ignore.

But if I follow my heart, I can never go back.

Answer: There is no such thing as an immovable object.

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Pages: 141
Available –  Kindle
Amazon – 4.5/5 stars
Goodreads – 4.4/5 stars

Previous promotions for this book – 

Defiant Attraction: Release date November 16th
Defiant attraction: release day


I received an ARC of this book in return for an honest review.

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Well after that small intro about the book there is not much more to add when it comes to the story.  I was addicted. This is a very short story, only 141 pages.
I loved getting to know Sophie and Dan in this story.  2 teenagers/young adults who both have a parent who is just getting by in life.  Alcohol, arguments, abuse, yet these two stay strong and find love,  friendship in one another.

Sophie – A straight A student, cello player, lover of classical music but lives at home with a troubled mother and step dad.

Dan – Complete opposite, guitar player, tattoo’s everywhere and a troubled kid .  Dark past.  Every tattoo tells a story.

They are not related, however referred to as step siblings throughout the book, School can be a cruel place.  Once the secret is out there is some incest comments.  And of course social media plays a heavy part in the reveal of this story,  after all gossip spreads fast in school.

This book is definitely filled with lots of sexual tension and sex…. no other way to tell you all.  I am not mad about it.

For a short story this book is AMAZING. If you want an erotic, fun short story then give this a read, well worth it, and definitely added to my favourite shelf.

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Bound to silver Book 3: Solis Invicti Series – Book Review

Bound in Silver book 3

If you’re living against the clock, try not to do it in a cage.

Exiled from the city and from the affections of the vampire who had loved her, Emmy finds herself pushed into a captivity she never expected to experience. With the bond to her former protector broken, she knows that the chance to turn Silver is now a monstrous obligation rather than a glittering opportunity.

In an unfamiliar place among unfamiliar people, Emmy feels deserted by those Silver she had thought of as friends, out of sight and out of mind. If only her enemies were equally forgetful.

Bound in Silver is the penultimate book in Josie Jaffrey’s Solis Invicti paranormal romance quadrilogy, set in a dystopian, post-apocalyptic London where a deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience.

Pages: 227
Available: Kindle and paperback
Overall ratings:  
Amazon – 5/5 stars
Goodreads – 4.65 / 5 stars

Previous book reviews by me for this series
A Bargain In Silver By Josie Jaffrey: Book review
The price of silver: Book 2 Solis Invicti series


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Please read the first two books to understand this story, and the characters involved – This may be a spoiler if you haven’t read the first two books, links above.

I received an Arc copy of this book for an honest review.

Oliver/Ollie and Emmy are sent to spend time in a small one bed cell to serve their sentence for supposedly risking, and killing multiple humans and Silver ( not intentionally).  This book follows on from The price of silver where Emmy is trying to save her friends captured by the rebels.  Emmy is caught up in a planned explosion by the rebels which implicates her.  Ollie and Emmy are the only survivors post explosion, but Emmy cannot explain why she is still alive because before she lost consciousness she could have sworn she was dying, and definitely had broken bones.

Bound in Silver is based on the 3rd week from when the Weepers/Zombies become public in England.  Emmy has lost her bond with Drew, which no one can explain.
After being sentenced to her small cell with Ollie after being publicly named a rebel, Emmy is sworn to fail her challenges which have been set to turn Silver (No turning back now).
Emmy is forced to get to know Ollie on a more intimate level, enduring weepers at their cell door, 15 mile walks with no protection and constant scrutiny.

The prologue gave it away that Emmy makes it as far as the casting, however there is a bigger surprise waiting for her, not even Drew or her enemy Ben could have planned what was going to happen next.
Once the huge secret is revealed Ben is more determined to kill Emmy and those attached to her.

This book is left on a huge cliffhanger, I had to start book 4 – (The Silver Bullet) on the same day, I just couldn’t wait another day.  I was drawn in by the book focusing on just the two characters, their relationship, friendship and survival.
Emmy is still battling to decide what she really wants, who she really wants.  I found this part the most frustrating, I just wanted to reach into the book and shake Emmy screaming ” pick someone or let them go for goodness sake”.

Lots of sexual tension, sex, action, anger, secrets and huge reveals!

Will Emmy turn Silver, will she survive confinement and what awaits her at the trial….

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A Bargain In Silver By Josie Jaffrey: Book review

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If the price of safety is slavery, would you bargain your life? A deadly infection threatens to wipe out humanity. The only people who can stem its advance are the Silver, a vampiric race who offer a simple exchange: protection in return for blood and subservience. It’s not a deal that Emmy’s willing to make, but as her world burns around her she finds herself in the arms of the enemy and the line between oppressor and saviour begins to blur. After an attack by the infected, Emmy is rescued by the handsome Drew who introduces her to the world of the Silver. Desperate to escape subjugation and confused by her attraction to him, she gathers what remains of her surrogate family and plans to make a break for freedom. But despite her efforts to resist, she is drawn further into the intrigues of the mysterious Silver through the agency of their ruler, the Primus: Solomon. Emmy refuses to submit to the cold and detached Primus and an attempt on her life makes it clear that he is unable to protect her from the political machinations of his race. As the connection between them deepens she must choose between her desire and her will to rebel, but can she trust his intentions when everyone is after her blood?

Pages : 358

Available on: Kindle (£2.99) , Kindle Unlimited or paperback format  (£7.99)
Genre: Fantasy, fantasy romance, Vampires.

Reviews:
Amazon : 13 reviews – overall 4.5/5 rating
Goodreads: 53 reviews – overall 3.91 rating


Review:

The book follows Emmy on her journey in just one week.  Normally works at a bar in London, one night on her way home she is attacked by Weepers ( zombies) and saved by Drew, one of the Silver ( Vampire).
In 24 hours the whole country is under attack from Weepers, the Solis Invicti offer sanctuary for all humans as long as the rules are followed, the leader of the Silver is the one and only Solomon followed by his Secondus Andrew ” Drew”.  Those resisting will be killed, those who wish to be safe are set to work to rebuild a new country.
The prologue is set 6 months from the country falling.  This is the first book of four, each based on one week in Emmy’s life from the beginning of the end.

Emmy is a strong woman, at first resisting with her friends, planning to live outside the boundaries, however nothing ever goes to plan.
Emmy is forced to be with the Silver, after already bumping into Drew at the beginning she has an advantage, but only if it benefits her in the long run.  On the other hand due to her stubbornness and strong character she attracts the attention from the leader Sol aka Solomon, which comes along with it’s own boundaries and unwanted attention.
Emmy is then forced to bounce back and forth between the two most powerful Silver/Vampires in existence, whilst protecting her reputation as not being seen as another weak human.

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Overall:
I loved the book.  I was addicted from the beginning.  As most of you know I was in a reading slump from the last book I read, this book has brought me back.  I completed this book in a day I would say, just two sittings.

I have never come across a book where the author includes two fantasy figures, zombies ( Weepers) and Vampires (The silver).  The way Josie Jaffrey writes is fantastic, it has been a while since I have been sucked into the fantasy world, and I am very keen to read the second book “The price of silver”.

The book did not feel rushed, there was always something happening in each chapter, lots to learn about the silver and it leads well into the second book.
Plenty of sexual tension not only between Drew and Emmy but between her and Sol.

If you love fantasy, romance  and a good page turner then this is the book for you.  I am so addicted, if it wasn’t for me needing to sleep last night I would have stayed up late to finish it.

Ahhh I just cannot get across how much you should all read this book.

Josie Jaffrey
I have always written stories, but it wasn’t until I started the first book in the Solis Invicti series in 2014 that I really became obsessed with writing. I love to read, particularly where the escapism of the story is enhanced with an element of fantasy or science fiction. For me, writing is simply an extension of that journey, but I get to decide what happens next (though it’s amazing how often the characters seem to decide for themselves what I’m going to write!).

As a new author, I love to hear from readers with their comments and feedback on the books, so please do get in touch through the website or via Twitter.

Thank you for reading!

 

Close to home By Cara Hunter: Book Review

35478322Someone took Daisy Mason.
Someone YOU KNOW.

Twists galore, a gripping race against time, and police characters you’ll love – if you were addicted to Broadchurch and Line of Duty, then CLOSE TO HOME is for you.

How can a child go missing without a trace?

Last night, 8-year-old Daisy Mason disappeared from her parents’ summer party. No one in the quiet suburban street saw anything – or at least that’s what they’re saying.

DI Adam Fawley is trying to keep an open mind. But he knows that nine times out of ten, it’s someone the victim knew.

That means someone is lying.

And that Daisy’s time is running out…


I was sent an ARC copy via Netgalley to review this book for free.

Published 27th December 2017
Pages: 385
Available as: Kindle, Audiobook and paperback.
Amazon rating:
Amazon 4.5

I firstly have to admit that I did not complete this book, I read about 40% and for reasons I will soon share.  Obviously not a good start, however please hold on and read my reasons as to why I didn’t wish to carry on reading as this book has a range of positive and negative reviews online.

I requested to review this book via Netgalley through Penguin publishers.  I have been interested in this genre (Crime, mystery) since reading books like, The couple next door, The girl on the train and Marriage made me do it.
Some of the reviews on Netgalley were positive, and the blurb was very promising.  Obviously I requested this book pre release, therefor reviews were small and spoiler free.

The beginning of the book jumps straight into finding the missing girl Daisy from her parents home during a party.
Straight away I was intrigued as this book used a different layout.  The layout started off as most traditional stories do then lead onto the use of social media- Facebook Status’, Twitter feeds and general newspaper snippets, it really added a modern touch, a bit of realism, how people jump to conclusions and how facts get blown out of proportions via social media.

The book included interviews, different views and perspectives from many characters.
Especially a deeper look into Detective Everett and his personal reasons for wanting the case.

The beginning reminded me very much of how The couple next door started, however I was not hooked with the first few chapters.  I need to feel drawn in as soon as otherwise I lose interest.  However I thought I have to give this book a fair chance and at least try to read until 50%, however only managed 40%.
I found I just fell into a reading slump and did not want to pick the book back up, instead I just stared at it and kept thinking how bored I was.  Unfair I know but I find reading a hobby, I don’t like wasting time if the story is not for me.  Again not every book is for everyone.  As the rating above shows, a lot of people actually enjoyed it.

Reviews:
Goodreads- 

“This fast paced novel is certainly a page turner and features some great characters.”- Gary

“This was a great read that I would have given a 5* rating, but because I found the Twitter and Facebook entries very boring, annoying and distracting to read, I’m only giving a 4* rating.” – Annie

Amazon-

“A brilliant crime thriller! Couldn’t put it down. This story twists and turns so much I just didn’t know which way it was going to go.” – Cherrymayhem

“An enjoyable read but I felt that quite a few of the characters were under developed e.g Leo, and some of the minor police officers.”  – Marg

Book Review: Seeker By Sarai Henderson (Hunter saga) teens & YA

Genre: SciFi & Fantasy.  Teens & YA

Six months ago, Hunter’s life turned upside-down. Seeker is dead, a tragedy that’s left Hunter empty and alone. Talon, an agency of super humans, now looks to her for leadership. When several agents are found dead with mysterious injuries, she has no choice but to track down the killer herself or risk the lives of her teammates and friends. 

Hunter finds herself in Arizona, where things turn deadly, sending her right into the hands of the one person that could take everything from her—her mother.

Forced to do Mother’s bidding, Hunter does the only thing she can … she survives. One grueling day at a time. Will Hunter become the next victim of the killer who has taken so many of her friends’ lives? Will she become the murderous telepath Mother wants her to be? Or will she somehow find a way out of this deadly situation full of so many risks…

Review:

I recieved an ARC copy of this book by Netgalley to review.

This is the second book in the series.  First thing is, I have never read the first book and I don’t think I will, this story was easy to follow and I picked up what happened to Hunter/Sasha quickly.  The flashbacks were minimal and did not take up too much of the storyline.  Always a bonus, some books just drag, no time for that.

Shasha is only 17 but throughout the book I liked how she was portrayed as a mature young adult, after all she is a telepath, not  something all teenagers posses, I’m jealous really, if only my life was so exciting.  

She is a leader and a loyal friend, after losing Seeker/Jesse, Hunter is not prepared to lose anyone else, after all they are family.  When two of her friends are harmed and one passes away, she is ready to seek revenge and protect the rest of her kind, from a new serum meant to enhance abilities.


Sasha faces her biggest trial yet, kidnapped by a man called Hawk a “normal” and then taken to the Compound to face her mother Katherine Harper.  Not the loving supportive mother we probably have.  

Katherine wants to use Hunters skills for her own use, to wipe out the rest of the telepaths, and form her own enhanced versions, using the X serum, by making an army.  I did like that Hunters teenage Moody side came out when she was interacting with her mum, after all, what teenager really wants to listen to what their mum has to say, she definitely doesn’t follow the rules.  And I like that ( good on her).

My overall view of this book is that I really enjoyed it.  It is aimed at teens and young adults, so there is very minimal romance ( I miss this in books- probably due to the intimate and relationship development but this is a teenage book) ,there is a little more action, and a lot more friendship.  It is a very good read though if you want something light hearted. 

If you are in your 20’s like me though maybe it isn’t for you, like I said I now read books with more romance, sexual tension and more depth, so this was very light reading for me, but still pleasant.

 I am actually interested in reading the next book, it did finish on a cliffhanger, sort of feel the book didn’t have a lot happening.  Was like a tv series where one particular event is explained but you have to stay tuned to see what happens next.

Always addicted to books that lead into a series.

If you enjoyed this book to please comment below.  And don’t forget to leave a like please.  
Hannah xox

Book Review: Cast in Angelfire – The Mage craft series.

Cast in angelfireNineteen-year-old Marion can’t remember anything before waking up in the hospital. All she knows that a lot of people want to kill her. And her would-be assassins are not human…

Vampires are real. So are faeries and angels.

They all want Marion dead.

Surrounded by enemies, Marion turns to Lucas Flynn: a mysterious doctor who seems to know more than he’s letting on. He’s as good with a gun as he is with a scalpel. He fights like a demon but claims that he’s human. And he’s hellbent on protecting Marion.

Lucas claims that Marion is a mage: half-witch, half-angel with terrifying powers that could crack the world. But Marion can’t remember how to cast magic any more than she can remember where she comes from.

Marion must find her identity and her power…before the forgotten sins of her past catch up with her.


Genre:  SciFi & Fantasy, Teens & YA
Star rating : 4 stars

Review

Cast in Angelfire: An Urban Fantasy Romance (The Mage Craft Series Book 1) by [Reine, SM]

I promise this will not all be negatives just read on to get a good idea of my thoughts.
First impressions, I knew this was based at teens and YA, so I was prepared for it to be a lot tamer than the books I read a lot of lately….. Romance is a bit different haha.
Anyway when I first started to read this book I did find it quite hard to follow for the first 50% of the story.   The different forms of paranormal characters were really hard to follow, I understood the werewolves, witches, and angels but there were a few other species I really did not understand.  And I love my fantasy books so I normally come across the same sort of creatures, but I was thrown in this book.

The beginning of the book jumps into the night before Marion loses her memories. There is a rather large price on her head, and every species is after her.  The first half of the book then explores Marion  travelling with Dr. Lucas Flynn, to where she thinks home could be, in hopes it will lead her to this Seth Wilder.  Seth wilder becomes clear later on.

I did find this book hard to understand and was struggling to read it until I was half way through.  That was when things really started to happen, and I felt there was a plot thickening.  The second half of the book was filled with tension, mystery, action and chemistry.
I enjoyed reading about the relationship that Lucas and Marion shared, it is definitely unique, and this becomes clear in the beginning.

Obviously as it is a young adult and teens book there was no sex.  Well…… there was the odd sexual moment,  there was one scene focused on Marion watching an Orgy,  that was umm interesting, and actually made me giggle because of the way it was described.  But the author definitely made me feel like I was reading form a 19 year old perspective which is perfect, and exactly the sort of audience the author was going for.  I did enjoy this, and that is why I gave it 4 stars.

I am actually very interested in reading the second book

Cast in Hellfire: An Urban Fantasy Romance (The Mage Craft Series Book 2) by [Reine, SM]


The author

S.M. Reine

I’m an Air Force brat who was born in the midwest, lived overseas for a few years, and came back to the United States to settle down in beautiful, barren Nevada. I’ve known that I wanted to be a writer for almost my entire life, after I finally gave up on becoming a velociraptor. I wrote my very first book when I was twelve-ish.

When I’m not writing–which is seldom–I’m nose-deep in geek culture. I am insane about movies. My favorite part is arguing about them, because whatever opinion you have is definitely not as good as mine. I’m also a big dork for video games. My Steam library is a force to be reckoned with, and my favorite game of the week is Brighter Day.

Other hobbies include tickling my sons until they pass out from giggling, walking the miniature schnauzer (that’s not a euphemism), cuddling my army of black kitties, and eating delicious Italian food from my husband’s family restaurant. I’m also a strict meatarian and consume bacon for two meals every day. Also, I primarily work at two miles per hour whilst walking on my treadmill desk.

Happy reading.

SMReine. com Check out her website for more books.